In Memory of Ross "Bushwacker" Spath...
We mourn the passing of one of our NJRFTF "Family" - Ross Spath aka "Bushwacker" who went home to be with the Lord on August 13, 2016, age 66 years of Browns Mills, NJ.
He is survived by his loving wife Susan F. (nee: Nagle), five children, a brother and eight grandchildren.
Ross was drafted into the Army and spent two years in Vietnam during the late 60's to early 70's. His Unit was 101st Airborne known as the "Screaming Eagles". After the war Ross joined the Police Academy and became a Camden City Police Officer. Once his police years were finished he started several businesses and currently owned a successful lawn service "A Plus Lawn Service". Ross has been active in his church as an Eucharistic Minister, a Prison Minister, an usher, carnival member, Holy Name Minister and also ran the church bingo.
Several years ago Ross became involved with the "Warrior Welcome" where he would ride his motorcycle with other members to welcome home soldiers all over our area along with Gold Star Mothers and the Yellow Ribbon Group. He then began to help the "Run for the Fallen," this is where each soldier who died in the current wartime, has a mile marker dedicated to them and a flag and biographic card is presented to their family members from Cape May to Holmdel, NJ.
Ross was also an animal lover, he especially loved his two dogs, Max and Willow.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 11am at St. Ann's Church, 22 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015, where family and friends may call 9:30am. Inurnment Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Berlin, NJ 08009.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Run for the Fallen, 27 Evergreen Drive, Browns Mills, NJ 08015.
In an apolitical reflection of remembrance a team of military runners from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and other locations across the US will come together to embark on a 190+ mile journey to honor every New Jersey service member who have died in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Operation New Dawn and other conflicts....
Each mile is dedicated to a fallen NJ Hero and their Gold Star Family, and the run team will stop at each Hero Marker (each mile) to present a flag and personalized biographical card to waiting family members, friends and comrades with the goal of creating a 190+ mile memorial trail through New Jersey.
For more details please - click here...
The 2016 NJ Run for the Fallen will kick off on Thursday September 22nd at 8:00am at Cape May Lighthouse for the four day, 188+ mile run through Wildwood, Stone Harbor/Avalon, Sea Isle City, Ocean City, Somers Point, Egg Harbor, Galloway, Tuckerton, Long Beach Island, Ocean Twp., Toms River, Brick, Mantoloking, Point Pleasant, Sea Girt, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Asbury Park, Long Branch, Oceanport, Shrewsbury and Lincroft to finish at the NJ Gold Star Family Monument on the grounds of th NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel on National Gold Star Mother/Family Day, Sunday September 25th, 2016.
The "provisional" 2016 Timeline for the Run may be found by clicking here....